High Point is an outlier as the only Triad city with an election this year. But that could change if voters in the region’s smallest city opt through a referendum to switch to the traditional odd-year schedule for municipal elections. In that case, the new city council would serve a three-year term and come up for re-election in 2017.
Meanwhile, Winston-Salem was on an odd-year schedule, along with Greensboro, but will switch to even years during the presidential election of 2016.
Today’s the first day of filing for this year’s High Point City Council election. There’s a lot at stake, with the city struggling with an anemic tax base and relatively high costs for individual taxpayers, along with controversy over whether the city should attempt a catalytical project to revive its core.
As expected, Bill Bencini filed for mayor.
Britt Moore, a two-term at-large councilman, decided to take another swing at the bat.
Latimer Alexander, who retired from the council two years ago, wants back in.
Orrick Quick, who ran unsuccessfully two years ago, is giving it another go.
All three are running for the two at-large seats.
Ward 1 Councilman Jeff Golden has filed for reelection, as has Ward 4 Councilman Jay Wagner.
Chris Williams has filed for the Ward 2 seat, currently occupied by Foster Douglas.